mobility for financial services

Leveraging Mobility and Connectivity to Change the Financial Landscape

The evolution of financial services is moving toward a digital strategy for customer engagement, transactions and customer services. There is a growing pressure for financial institutions to enhance their mobile capabilities as consumers increasingly adopt mobile banking and payments. When it comes to payments, I’m sure many of us are already experiencing the convenience of scanning our phone at the register to pay for our Starbucks instead of digging for…

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data analytics

Data is the New Currency. Are You Prepared to Invest?

Data is, and will continue to be, at the core of our digital world.  Considering data as a currency not only validates the importance of data, but strategically shows a smarter use for it.  Actionable insights from unified data are key for advancing digital experiences and improving business decisions.  However, critical data is often found outside a company’s firewall or sometimes lost within an organization’s internal silos. It’s as if…

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Application Programming Interfaces

The A-B-C’s of Application Programming Interfaces (API) and why you should take notice

Spurred by innovation in mobility, cloud and big data, a business without a mobile footprint can be left “in the dust”. Every application that touches a person will need to be available on a mobile device. Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) have become the route to gain more adoption from developers and services from outside the company. But what exactly is an API? A more textbook definition of an API is…

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digital transformation in retail

The digital transformation of retail drives opportunity

Retail’s “Big Show” (the National Retail Federation Conference 2017) has come and gone.  Having attended the show a dozen plus times in the past 20+ years, it’s been amazing to see the transformation in the show as retail itself has transformed.  My early NRF memories were of point of sale and supply chain vendors exhibiting products to support store and warehouse processes.   Mobile bar code scanners in the warehouse and…

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data archiving

The difference between backing up and archiving data – and why it matters to your customers

As your customers’ businesses continue to grow and accrue new data, they must also address the need for long-term storage that’s secure and efficient. Many organizations will look to backup certain files, but it’s important to note that backups are ideally used to address short-term (less than 90 day) needs. Backups provide copies of data files in the event of system failures and disasters. Most systems create multiple copies of…

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IoT Technology

5 steps that will take your IT solutions company from 0 to 60 in developing IoT technologies

In just a few short years, Software Productivity Strategists, Inc. (SPS) transformed from a company selling technology that was becoming obsolete to an innovator in Internet of Things (IoT). As the vice president of Innovation at SPS, I wanted to share the story of how we embraced a solutions-based approach to transform ourselves; one that creates and delivers IoT based applications for our customers.  You can do it too with…

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Internet of Things in 2017

Is IoT the killer app for cloud computing?

After having started the first class on cloud computing at Stanford in 2010, I also started a cloud computing class at Tsinghua University in China. The Amazon team was kind enough to give me $3,000 worth of AWS time for the students to use. I showed up in class and told them $3,000 would buy a small server in Northern California, Virginia or Ireland for 3.5 years (they looked bored)….

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avnet techdata acquisition benefits

IDC insight released detailing benefits of Tech Data’s acquisition of Avnet Technology Solutions

There’s often a misconception that major change is a bad thing because the old way is “how we’ve always done it.” That’s one of the reasons why people feel uncertainty when it comes to acquisitions. In fact, they can be and usually are a positive event, particularly when the companies combining capabilities and talent are viewed as complementary to one another. By now you’re probably aware that Avnet is selling…

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big data analytics

Big data in 2016 vs 2017 – What’s changed and what’s to come?

Last year, I gave a presentation to industry executives where I discussed my five big data predictions for 2016. I don’t make a lot of predictions personally, but I enjoy understanding the merits of why others would do so. I thought it would be interesting to revisit these thought-provoking predictions and posit some thoughts of my own for 2017. #1: The rise of the Chief Data Officer By now we…

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government technology

New Year, New Administration for the US Public Sector

Well, we made it through 2016 and there’s no looking back as 2017 has started off with a bang. With a new Administration we are sure to have another whirlwind year – and hopefully one that accelerates necessary Federal IT mandates. Like I mentioned before the holidays, we did see some promising movement in 2016 – the MOVE IT Act, the first-ever Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and 4,388 data center…

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healthcare it disaster recovery

What hospitals must have and should have when it comes to disaster recovery requirements and solutions

Post sponsored by Veritas What can critical application downtime cost a hospital? A lot. Last year, Health Information Technology (HIT) surveyed hospitals across the United States on critical application availability. The results were unbelievable. Participating hospitals reported an average of 69 hours of downtime of critical patient apps at a cost to the affected hospital of $7,900 per minute. Let that sink in for a bit. At $7,900 per minute,…

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2017 IoT Market

3 important considerations for the booming IoT market in 2017

IoT is one of the latest and most buzz-worthy acronyms to enter the technology scene in the last year. IoT, or the Internet of Things, is a term for the concept of embedding computing devices like sensors into everyday objects to allow those objects to send and receive data. Seize opportunities in the growing IoT market while minimizing risk The market for IoT devices and services is rapidly expanding. Gartner…

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How to talk to healthcare organizations about their disaster recovery requirements and needs

Post sponsored by Veritas When creating a data protection, backup and recovery strategy, there is a deeper level that must be addressed and that’s critical system availability. It’s extremely important that critical applications are appropriately prioritized during an emergency situation when multiple apps need to all be recovered quickly. This can help ensure real-time patient safety and quality of care goes uninterrupted in the event of a disaster. Healthcare organizations…

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mobile-application-development

Does mobile application development platform hold the key to driving digital transformation?

You might be becoming more aware of mobile application development platform (MADP), a software that can help enterprises create, test and sometimes deploy applications for mobile devices. Did you know that by 2019: • The MADP market is forecasted to have the largest growth CAGR of 20%; and • An anticipated 40% of IT budget will be allocated to mobile initiatives? This presents a huge opportunity for VARs continue to…

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